Okanagan Valley Wine

 

The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
 
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

    From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that this is one of the Gold Coast Hin...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

  • Antelope Ridge

    High atop the western hills of the South Okanagan's Golden Mile sits Antelope Ridge Estate Winery...

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • 8th Generation Syrah 2014

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    8th Generation is a family winery in Summerland BC producing a range of excellent whites and some reds, such as this Syrah, which elicits a few whiffs of coffee and strawberry on the nose, followed by a tart, food-friendly mouth feel and palate effect. Balance is sufficiently absent to say that a bit more work is needed. But great with Tourtie... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 8th Generation Pinot Noir 2013

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    8th Generation is a well-respected producer of Germanic-styled wines in Summerland BC. This PN is no exception; the style is seems German, but slightly deeper, smokier and rubbery; get past the smoke and rubber and you have cooked strawberry, with a vanilla/tannin finish. If the German style is the objective, all is well. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gray Monk Pinot Blanc 2014

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    I received this modestly priced Pinot Blanc from a family friend at a reception honouring a recently deceased relative. Since I had not had any wine from the Heiss family holdings in years, I looked forward to updating my knowledge of this beautiful vineyard and its produce. I was not disappointed: the wine is almost chardonnay-like with apple... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2014

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    The 2014 edition of the La Frenz Reserve (Naramata Bench) Chardonnay is a lovely expression of the grape in a British Columbia setting - the very gentle mineral-based apple and pear flavours emerge from the chewy oak which might be a teeny bit heavy. Still, the wine hits the palate much like a Chilean alternative - but with a more delicacy and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vintage Ink 2013

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    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014

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    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Perseus Invictus 2013

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    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012

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    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2


  • Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa Qwam Qwmt 2006

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    A fantastic chardonnay. Creamy and sweet with some acidity. I had it with smoked salmon and red skin potatoes; It was wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston


  • Cedarcreek Estate Winery Platinum "Block 2" Pinot Noir 2012

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    No doubt about it - this Platinum edition wine from Cedar Creek is very good, and for the price you get a very Burgundian influence: on the nose is stewed cherry and strawberry plus freshly brewed Annam tea (at least momentarily - regarding the latter scent). Colour is deep garnet and mouthfeel is good - with lots of preserved strawberry and a ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • All the wines are great, but I like the white ones the most. Riesling and Gewuertztraminer are my favourites.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


  • I love this wine. It is fresh not clouded by oldworld ideas.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


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